Spanish press reaction: ‘Lord’ Harry Kane brought Spain to their knees | Sid Lowe

‘We hadn’t cocked it up like this against England since the 16th century’ said El Mundo while Marca felt Kane showed he was ‘a classic striker who is good at absolutely everything’ “I was great at half-time,” said the Spain manager Luis Enrique. “The logical thing would have been to kick something, crap on everything and kill them, but I didn’t.” He didn’t need to: Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane – especially Harry Kane – had already done so. That was the verdict from the Spanish media in Seville. If Luis Enrique didn’t kill his players, nor for the most part did they. After three wins out of three, 12 goals scored, “the spell was broken” said Sport and there was criticism of course, a lot of it. Luis Enrique had expected that: “I’m ready for the ‘party’,” he insisted. Mostly, though, there was Kane, the man Continue reading "Spanish press reaction: ‘Lord’ Harry Kane brought Spain to their knees | Sid Lowe"

Six of the best England performances since Euro 96 | Philip Cornwall

From drawing in Rome to that night in Munich, one England fan recalls half a dozen great displays over the last 22 years Goalless draws are rarely treasured but, given the rarity with which England get the better of elite teams, the 0-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, pushing the hosts into the France 98 play-offs, stands out. Against a side that had won 1-0 at Wembley, Glenn Hoddle’s team more than held their own. It being England, the glory is tinged with regrets: Ian Wright, who struck a post in added time, did not make the cut for the finals on his return from injury; Paul Gascoigne likewise, albeit more explosively; and Paul Ince, the bloodied hero here, missed a penalty in the shootout against Argentina. Still, rich memories, albeit from the sofa. Continue reading...

Glasgow City dream of Champions League upset against Barcelona | Suzanne Wrack

The Scottish champions face a grandstand finish to their domestic season but first visit Spain in search of a last-16 shock This is a season-defining week for the Scottish champions, Glasgow City. A 2-1 defeat by their title rivals, Hibernian, in the Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final was not the ideal start to the crunch period, which reaches its climax on Sunday with the two teams – separated by two goals only – meeting in their penultimate league outing. Hibs have won their last five knockout games against City but have not beaten them in the league for a staggering 11 years. Now, the amateur side head to Spain for a David v Goliath style match-up with star-studded Barcelona. It is hard to overstate the task at hand and the delicate decisions their manager, Scott Booth, has to make. With a packed fixture schedule, the former Aberdeen player’s squad is being Continue reading "Glasgow City dream of Champions League upset against Barcelona | Suzanne Wrack"

Football transfer rumours: Frenkie de Jong to Manchester City for £62m?

Today’s piffle is blinding you with its brilliance Pep Guardiola has seen the future of football – and it’s orange! Actually, it’s usually red and white but it has worn orange three times, for the resurgent Netherlands, and goes by the name of Frenkie de Jong. The jinky playmaker has got Manchester City hot and bothered with his Pep-approved pop-pop-pop passing style in Ajax’s midfield this season and the club are said to be readying a £62m bid for the 21-year-old. They will have stiff competition from Barcelona and Spurs tho… Oh, hang on, let’s do that again. They’ll have stiff competition from Barcelona though who, according to Mundo Deportivo, have had a bid of around £45m rejected. In other disheartening news for Phil Foden’s future playing opportunities at City, the club has a buyback clause for Jadon Sancho, Foden’s one-time contemporary who is ripping it up at Dortmund. Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Frenkie de Jong to Manchester City for £62m?"

Bolt offered contract with Malta football club

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Sydney (AFP) – Sprint king Usain Bolt could be making his way to Europe after being offered a two-year professional football contract in Malta, reports said Tuesday, with the club saying it wanted to “write history” with the signing. Bolt, 32, has been on trial with A-League club the Central Coast Mariners since arriving in Australia in August in his bid to pursue a boyhood dream of becoming a footballer after retiring from athletics last year. The 100 metres world record-holder scored his first two goals in professional football on Friday when he started a pre-season game against second-tier Macarthur South West United in Sydney. Malta club Valletta FC said they had made a formal offer which includes playing in its upcoming cup final, with chief executive Ghasston Slimen saying the move to snare Bolt was “about writing history”. “Usain Bolt broke the record in Beijing (Olympics) in 2008, and Continue reading "Bolt offered contract with Malta football club"

Bolt offered contract with Malta football club: reports

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Sydney (AFP) – Sprint king Usain Bolt could be making his way to Europe after being offered a two-year professional football contract in Malta, reports said Tuesday, following his goal-scoring exploits in Australia. Bolt, 32, has been on trial with A-League club the Central Coast Mariners since arriving in Australia in August in his bid to pursue a boyhood dream of becoming a footballer after retiring from athletics last year. The 100 metres world record-holder scored his first two goals in professional football on Friday when he started a pre-season game against second-tier Macarthur South West United in Sydney. Sydney’s Daily Telegraph said Malta club Valletta FC had made a formal offer which includes playing in its upcoming cup final. The newspaper added that the team was recently bought by investors wanting to qualify for the group stages of Europe’s Champions League, with the bid also including commercial incentives. The Continue reading "Bolt offered contract with Malta football club: reports"

Where to find USA vs. Peru on US TV and streaming

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. Peru in the international friendly, you’ve come to the right place. This is the 10th US game since missing the World Cup. This is the 5th time in those 10 games that the US is playing a South American opponent. For the United States, it’ll be a good opportunity to get a much-needed win. But it’s against a Peru side that defeated Chile 3-0 in Miami on Friday.
Match: USA vs. Peru
Kickoff: Tuesday, 7:30pm ET
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What: International friendly
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‘A dream come true’: refugees Deng and Mabil make Socceroos debuts together

Childhood friends whose families fled conflict in Sudan represent Australia for first time against Kuwait From their early years in Kenya, to a shared childhood in suburban Adelaide, to the A-League and then the Socceroos, Thomas Deng and Awer Mabil have plenty of history in common. And in the unlikely location of Kuwait City, the pair of South Sudanese refugees etched out a splendid new chapter together, debuting on the same night for Australia. Graham Arnold handed the pair of next-generation Socceroos their first taste of international football in the 4-0 defeat of Kuwait. And when Mabil put the icing on the cake for Australia, scoring the evening’s fourth goal from a move that Deng started, fittingly his great friend was there first to embrace him. Continue reading...

Where to find Brazil vs. Argentina on US TV and streaming

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Brazil vs. Argentina on US TV in their friendly, you’ve come to the right place. When Brazil plays Argentina, it’s never a friendly. Both countries face each other on Tuesday in a highly-anticipated game featuring the two classic South American teams. The match will be shown live on US television and streaming.
Match: Brazil vs. Argentina
Kickoff: Tuesday, 2pm ET
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What: International friendly
When: Game kicks off at 2pm ET / 10am PT; Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Where: Live on beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS

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USA vs. Peru preview: USMNT in need of a major confidence and morale boost

The much-dreaded return of Michael Bradley to the USMNT fold went about as well as everybody expected it to as the US lost 4-2 against Colombia on Thursday. There were some bright spots from some of the younger players but overall a 4-2 loss is not a good look for a team trying to win back a fan base that is quite obviously checked out on the team (most of the fans at the last three US games have been there supporting the opposing team and the only 280,000 people tuned into the game on FS1). But the Colombia game is now in the rearview mirror and another game against a quality South American opponent awaits as the US gets set to take on Peru.
        The play that quite possibly summed up the last five years of Michael Bradley&rsquo;s play for the US happened on Colombia&rsquo;s third goal.  The US <!--more--> seemingly done well up to that point: after going 1-0 down thanks to a wonder strike by James Rodriguez, the US tied it up at 1 with an opportunistic finish from close range by Kellyn Acosta and then took the lead at 2-1 with a great counterattacking move that saw Julian Green beautifully tackle the ball away from a Colombian player and send it to Tim Weah, who played an inch-perfect ball in for Bobby Wood to finish.  But that was the end of the good feelings for the US as Michael Bradley&rsquo;s appalling play reared its ugly head yet again.  The US turned the ball over and Bradley was about 10 yards ahead of Colombia&rsquo;s Radamel Falcao (Bradley was in the US half of the field while Falcao was still in the Colombia half).  By the time Falcao was inside the 18 yard box, Bradley was a full 10 yards behind him and when Falcao is unmarked, he doesn&rsquo;t miss.  He easily tucked it home and gave Colombia a 3-2 lead.  Let that sink in: the US captain having a 10 yard head start on Colombia&rsquo;s 2nd best player, and just slowly jogging back and failing to mark him, leading to an easy Colombia goal.  Falcao ran 60 yards in the same amount of time it took Bradley to run 30.  This is the type of play and &ldquo;veteran leadership&rdquo; that Dave Sarachan and US Soccer think is vital to the team moving forward.  Fantastic. 

        Peru comes into the game having gone to the World Cup this summer for the first time since 1982.  Naturally they were beyond ecstatic.  They didn&rsquo;t make it out of the group (they finished 3rd) but they still gave a good account of themselves.  They lost their opener 1-0 to Denmark and then lost their second group game to eventual champions France, also 1-0.  By the time of their third group game against Australia, they had already been eliminated but still came out fired up and ready to go and beat the Socceroos 2-0 to register a win at the World Cup for the first time since 1978 (when they beat Iran 4-1).  Since the World Cup it&rsquo;s been kind of a mixed bag.  They lost their two September friendlies in Europe (2-1 to the Netherlands in Amsterdam and 2-1 to Germany in Sinsheim) but got a resounding 3-0 win against Chile in Miami on Friday.  The Peruvian roster for their two games in the US features a number of players with a solid number of caps but with the odd factor of only one player over the age of 30.  Several of these players also ply their trade in the US such as defender Alexander Callens of NYCFC (1 goal in 10 appearances for Peru), midfielder Yoshimar Yotun of Orlando City (2 goals in 79 appearances for Peru), midfielder Andy Polo of the Portland Timbers (1 goal in 18 appearances for Peru), and forward Raul Ruidiaz of the Seattle Sounders (4 goals in 33 appearances for Peru).  And while forward Yordy Reyna does play in MLS, he plays in Canada for the Vancouver Whitecaps.  He has 2 goals in 19 appearances for Peru. 
Notes:
1. This is the 10th US game since missing the World Cup. This is the 5th time in those 10 games that the US is playing a South American opponent.
2. Per US coach Dave Sarachan, there will be significant changes from the Colombia game to the Peru game. On Monday, Sarachan confirmed that Brad Guzan will start in goal over Ethan Horvath (Zack Steffen was released from camp on Saturday with hamstring tightness)
3. As of October 9th, roughly 19,000 tickets have been sold for the Peru game in Hartford. When and where to watch the game on US TV and streaming Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Pratt & Whitney Stadium
East Hartford, Connecticut
7:30pm ET
Live on ESPN2, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network, ESPN3, PlayStation Vue and Sling Orange (7-day free trial) All-Time Series USA leads series 3-2-1 Last Meeting September 4, 2015
RFK Stadium
Washington DC
USA 2 – 1 Peru Current FIFA Ranking USA: 22
Peru: 21 Next Game Thursday, November 15, 2018
International Friendly
England vs. USA
Wembley Stadium
London, England

England attack bounced back, says Southgate

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Gareth Southgate believes England’s attack answered their critics on Monday by scoring three goals in a whirlwind first half against Spain. Raheem Sterling hit two either side of a clinical finish from Marcus Rashford, while Harry Kane was heavily involved too, providing a pair of excellent assists in the 3-2 victory in Seville. Spain had never conceded three goals at home before half-time and while Paco Alcacer pulled one back, England’s win was secure by the time Sergio Ramos headed in with the game’s final touch. Sterling, Rashford and Kane have all faced criticism in recent weeks. Sterling had not scored for England in three years — 1,102 days to be exact — while Kane’s international drought now stands at seven matches.  Rashford, meanwhile, was guilty of spurning two golden chances against Croatia on Friday.  “All three of them understandably had questions asked and Continue reading "England attack bounced back, says Southgate"

Dazzle of front three sees England fill gap on Gareth Southgate’s CV | Dominic Fifield

Gareth Southgate’s young side were quickly into their stride against Spain and finally have a win against a team of pedigreeThere must have been times as the interval approached when even Gareth Southgate, such a staunch believer in the talent of this youthful group, found himself peering in disbelief up at the big screen at one end of this bowl of an arena. The list of English goalscorers had become cluttered by then, the board increasingly untidy if gloriously lopsided. The eerie silence in Rijeka last week had felt surreal but the stunned hush among the locals in Andalusia was far harder to comprehend. Related: Raheem Sterling’s double inspires England to stunning victory in Spain Continue reading...

Gareth Southgate: Beating Spain can be England’s reference point

• Manager praises Raheem Sterling after forward’s double
• ‘The quality was great. We used the ball with courage’Gareth Southgate praised his young side’s bravery and urged them to use the startling victory against Spain as a reference point for future progress as England kept alive their hopes of claiming their Nations League group. The Spanish were beaten at home for the first time in more than 15 years in a competitive fixture, a sequence stretching back 38 games, after England’s youngest starting lineup since 1959 swept into an eye-catching first‑half lead, sparked by Raheem Sterling’s first goals at this level in over three years. The World Cup semi‑finalists clung on thereafter to register their first win against recognised elite opponents under the manager’s tenure. Continue reading...

Usain Bolt offered European professional football deal – reports

  • Unconditional two-year contract reportedly tabled
  • Sprint champion currently training with Central Coast
Usain Bolt could walk out of his open-ended A-League trial with the Central Coast Mariners amid reports of an unconditional two-year offer from a European club. The Jamaican sprint champion received a formal offer to play for a top-flight team after his eye-catching brace in Friday night’s trial match against Macarthur South West United went viral, according to reports. Continue reading...

Nations League round-up: Northern Ireland face relegation after Dzeko double

• Michael O’Neill’s side beaten 2-0 in Sarajevo
• Switzerland relegate Iceland with 2-1 victoryNorthern Ireland were shown the value of clinical finishing as the Bosnia-Herzegovina captain, Edin Dzeko, condemned them to a third successive Nations League defeat in a match during which they hit the post three times. Dzeko scored in each half on the ground where he began his professional career but Northern Ireland will rue a shocking miss from Gavin Whyte and an early George Saville effort that came back off the frame of the goal. Continue reading...

Luis Enrique sees Spain’s optimism washed away in the Seville rain | Sid Lowe

After winning his first three matches he oversaw the country’s first competitive home defeat for 15 years as England won 3-2The inquiry began way before the game had finished. The stadium clock had not yet reached half an hour when to the right of it, high in the Benito Villamarín, England’s drenched fans began to chant: “Are you Scotland in disguise?!” They were not, of course, but nor, it seemed, were the team down below Spain. Luis Enrique has been swift to quieten comparisons to that Spain – the team who won three tournaments in a row, European, world and European champions – but nor, at that point, were they this Spain, the team who had recovered so well since Russia. Related: Raheem Sterling’s double inspires England to stunning victory in Spain Continue reading...

Wales to go on the offensive in Dublin without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey

• Ryan Giggs missing key figures for Tuesday’s match
• Martin O’Neill looking to ease pressure in Nations League gameRyan Giggs, the Wales manager, has challenged his team to prove their strength in depth by winning in the Republic of Ireland without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Giggs explained that Bale will miss the match because of “a bit of fatigue” but will probably be fit enough to play for Real Madrid on Saturday. Ramsey, meanwhile, is unavailable after becoming the father of twins on Sunday. Wales will also be without the injured teenager Ethan Ampadu, who controlled midfield when Wales thrashed Ireland 4-1 in Cardiff last month. Victory in Dublin would take Wales above Denmark to the top of their Nations League group while defeat would put them bottom. Wales have won only three competitive matches without Bale since he made his international debut in 2006. Continue reading...